nearborn had shipped plumbing supplies for clothes washers and hot showers. >> it's really nice to be able to take a hot shower, especially with the weather here. >> reporter: there have been scores of thank you e-mails saying the volunteer workers and suppliers had saved lives. but in a way, he has been a sort of don't ask, don't tell, corner master. >> we have never picked up the phone and called the pentagon and said hey, here's what we're doing and how we're doing it. >> reporter: and they have never picked up the phone and called you. >> no, they have not. >> reporter: in the meantime, nearborn is on duty, 24/7. >> we don't know what the next request is going to be. >> reporter: 15 tons of supplies already shipped. more on the way. mike taibbi, nbc news, oakland. >> that's our broadcast for this friday night. thank you for being with us. i'm lester holt. brian williams will be back on monday. in the meantime, i'll see you tomorrow morning on "today." have a great weekend, everyone, and good night.